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[uh-men-i-tee, uh-mee-ni-] /əˈmɛn ɪ ti, əˈmi nɪ-/
noun, plural amenities.
an agreeable way or manner; courtesy; civility:
the graceful amenities of society.
any feature that provides comfort, convenience, or pleasure:
The house has a swimming pool, two fireplaces, and other amenities.
the quality of being pleasing or agreeable in situation, prospect, disposition, etc.; pleasantness:
the amenity of the Caribbean climate.
amenities, lavatory; bathroom: used as a euphemism.
Origin of amenity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English amenite < Anglo-French < Latin amoenitās, equivalent to amoen(us) pleasing + -itās -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for amenity
Historical Examples
  • It was commercial amenity, but I had been a stranger to amenity in that connection.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • The form of amenity expected from her, in relation to her brother, was not exhibited.

  • Every one has some amenity—some sweeter, gentler spot in the character.

  • Mr. Burnet describes him as remarkable for amenity as for probity and learning.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • She greeted Lothair with calmness but amenity, and took his offered arm.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • It was about the only amenity that survived between father and son.

    Amaryllis at the Fair Richard Jefferies
  • Perhaps Bear Cat was too excited to recognize that proffer of amenity.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • Louie discouraged the second amenity, which was a shy motion as if to embrace her.

    The Story of Louie Oliver Onions
  • Meanwhile, he enjoyed 202 High as the quintessence of youth's amenity.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • They want, not art, but amenity; whether they get it is another matter.


    Clive Bell
British Dictionary definitions for amenity


noun (pl) -ties
(often pl) a useful or pleasant facility or service: a swimming pool was just one of the amenities
the fact or condition of being pleasant or agreeable
(usually pl) a social courtesy or pleasantry
Word Origin
C14: from Latin amoenitās pleasantness, from amoenus agreeable
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Word Origin and History for amenity

late 14c., "quality of being pleasant or agreeable," from Old French amenite, from Latin amoenitatem (nominative amoenitas) "delightfulness, pleasantness," from amoenus "pleasant," perhaps related to amare "to love" (see Amy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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